By 1901 Samuel Coulthurst had led the group in amassing an album of 232 prints of Manchester and its surroundings, of which three copies were made. With his brother-in-law, James Higson, Coulthurst would frequently disguise himself as a junkman, hiding his camera in a barrow, and thus capture some unique candid shots of the inhabitants and street life of Manchester, particularly the Flat Iron Market area of 1889-1894. Samuel Coulthurst remained active with MAPS (Manchester Amateur Photographic Society) until shortly before World War I.
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Sandra Martin has written (Creative Camera, July/Aug 1980): "These varied images, capturing actual moments in time, are remarkable for their realistic and convincing portrayal of attitudes and behavior."